Melbourne, Australia is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world, but many natives will tell you that the terrain is just too flat. This served as the perfect inspiration behind Andrew Maynard’s new ‘Hill House’ extension.
The Australian architect created an artificial hill, and built a new contemporary structure atop the green hill for the family of 5. Andrew Maynard Architects added the following note.
” Andrew is from Tasmania, a place dominated by its landscape. Built form is secondary and subservient to landscape. Melbourne is predominantly flat. Could this be why Melbourne’s architecture is adventurous? There is no landscape to confine therefore building is free to become landscape. Hill House is a response to this possibility. Melbourne is flat. If one is to explore the possibility of cantilevering off a cliff (a desire of many architects) one is forced to manufacture that landscape. A monolithic form is unsheathed from the hill and placed atop. A celebration of the synthetic, the manufactured. A simulacrum of both an undulating landscape and the pure architectural form.”